Pres. Aquino to meet with potential investors in California

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, Feb. 16 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will meet today (Monday in US) with top executives of three big Los Angeles-based companies, following his participation in the special summit organized by US President Barack Obama with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) here at Sunnylands. While in Los Angeles, the President will have a series of business meetings with officials of Walt Disney International, Western Digital Corporation, and […]

6.2-magnitude quake hits off New Zealand coast: USGS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of New Zealand Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of damage or injuries. The shallow quake struck at 8:28 am (1928 GMT Monday), the US Geological Survey said, and was centered 219 kilometers (136 miles) northwest of the Auckland Islands, an archipelago due south of New Zealand’s South Island. “It was quite far south of the South […]

Brazil finds Zika in microcephaly babies’ brains

(AFP) — Brazilian researchers said Monday that the discovery of Zika in the brains of babies with microcephaly adds to growing evidence of a link between the mosquito-transmitted virus and the birth defect. “We have detected its presence in the brain tissue,” Lucia Noronha, a pathologist from the Brazilian Society of Pathology, told AFP. “The Zika virus caused brain damage and that reinforces evidence of a relationship between Zika and microcephaly,” she said. Earlier, Noronha’s […]

EU provides €3 million (or Php 156.34 million) in assistance to victims of humanitarian crises in the Philippines

Manila, 15 February 2016 – The European Commission is making available €3 million (Php 156.34 million) in humanitarian aid funding to assist people affected both by the aftermath of Typhoon Melor (locally known as Nona) and the prolonged conflict in Mindanao. Out of the total funding, €1.5 million (Php 78.17 million) will be dedicated to addressing the urgent needs of those impacted by Typhoon Melor/Nona, which swept across central Philippines in mid-December 2015 and resulted […]

Sunnylands Summit to boost ASEAN awareness among U.S. lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines — The special ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Summit is set to raise the profile of the Asean among many U.S. lawmakers. The first-of-its-kind summit will likely make clear that the ASEAN region is among U.S. president Barack Obama’s key priorities, especially in terms of economic engagement. ASEAN is the U.S’s fourth-largest trading partner, while the U.S. is the region’s largest foreign direct investor. The summit is also President Obama’s way of laying the foundation for […]

Top S. Korean lawmaker calls for nuclear arms

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A top ruling party official called Monday for South Korea to develop its own nuclear deterrent to combat the growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea. Support for a nuclear-armed South Korea is a minority voice in the country, but one that grows louder after every nuclear test by the North. US tactical nuclear weapons were withdrawn from South Korea in late 1991, though the country remains under the […]

INC members in California vow unity with Church Administration in worship service officiated by Brother Eduardo

    FREMONT, California (Eagle News) – Thousands of Iglesia Ni Cristo members showed up here in Fremont, California early Saturday, February 13, to attend the special worship service officiated by INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, as the brethren here reiterated their commitment to remain united with the Church Administration. The Fremont house of worship was filled to capacity while the gigantic overflow tent beside it was standing room only. The members of […]

Five Palestinian attackers killed in fresh attacks on Israelis

by Joe Dyke ISRAEL (AFP) — Five Palestinians were killed attempting to attack Israelis Sunday in a string of attacks across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. They were the latest in a wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming assaults that erupted in October and came as US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power visited Israel and the Palestinian territories for talks with leaders from both sides. In the first incident, two 15-year-olds […]

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

by Olivia Hampton   WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court, has died at the age of 79, triggering a political showdown over his succession in the run-up to the presidential election. President Barack Obama ordered flags to fly at half-staff across the United States until the long-serving justice, first appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, is laid to rest. Scalia’s death after three decades on the […]

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116 as search for missing bodies end

THE search has come to an end as rescuers have found the body of the last missing resident from the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Saturday, Feb. 6. The death toll of the quake reached 116. At 15:57 Saturday, the body of the last missing resident was found in the ruins, ending the rescue work that has gone on for seven-and-a-half days. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung city at a depth of 15 km […]

5.8 magnitude quake shakes New Zealand’s Christchurch

  A  5.8 magnitude quake shook near New Zealand’s city of Christchurch on Sunday (February 14), according to the US Geological Survey. The USGS website said the quake was located 17 kilometers east northeast of Christchurch. New Zealand’s earthquake monitoring service, however, put the quake’s magnitude at 5.7 It hit just eight days short of the anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake in the same region, which resulted in nearly 200 deaths and caused […]

Zika virus persisted in man’s semen for 2 months: report

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A man in Britain who was infected with Zika while traveling to the Cook Islands showed evidence of the mosquito-borne virus in his semen for two months, health officials said Friday. The finding raises new questions for health authorities as they scramble to learn more about Zika — linked to a surge in birth defects in Brazil — and the risk of transmission through sex. The case involved a 68-year-old man […]